LANE COUNTY, Ore. – Several counties will be staying out of the extreme risk category with a new extension from Gov. Kate Brown.
On Thursday, Brown announced a modification to the risk level assignment process, allowing counties that had moved out of extreme risk to stay downgraded -- despite current case counts -- for another two weeks.
Brown said her intention is to allow businesses to feel more stable about their opening level for a little longer and give counties time to work to get their case counts down.
However, at the end of the extension, if case counts remain higher than the threshold, these counties will be returned to extreme risk.
“As always, businesses and community members should continue to make smart choices and follow statewide and county-specific health and safety guidance. We all have a part to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Brown said.
The latest county risk levels will be announced March 9 and take effect March 12.